Level of Lake Okeechobee continues to drop

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — The level of Lake Okeechobee continues to fall, according to the weekly environmental conditions report shared by John Mitnik of the South Florida Water Management District on March 25. As of March 25, the lake level had dropped 0.6 feet in the past month and 0.18 feet in the past week. No […]

FWC requires boats stay 50 feet apart

OKEECHOBEE — The water level on Lake Okeechobee fell to 11.95 feet on March 30, causing the South Florida Water Management District to close four locks connected to the lake. While it’s still possible to go out on the lake in a boat, when the water level gets low, it can be dangerous to traverse […]

SFWMD closes navigational locks

On March 30, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) closed four navigation locks on the north shore and reduced the operating hours of a fifth lock because of low water conditions in Lake Okeechobee. Injury and lock damage could occur when boats pass through these structures when lake levels are outside of designated safety […]

Lake Okeechobee dips below 12 feet; some navigation locks closed

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — Hot weather and lack of rainfall pushed Lake Okeechobee down to 11.95 feet above sea level on Monday, triggering the closure of four locks on the north end of the lake. Whenever the lake falls below 12 feet, the following locks are closed for safety reasons: Martin County: S-135 structure, J&S Fish […]

Want to keep the boat ramps open? Keep boats at least 50 feet apart on the water

FLORIDA — Boaters who want to keep enjoying time on the water are advised to make sure they follow the state’s rules for “social distancing” to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Last week Palm Beach County closed some county boat ramps because of mass gatherings on sand bars. If boaters on Florida’s freshwater […]

Caloosahatchee reservoir workshop online today

Franklin Lock and Dam

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) invites the public to learn more about the Caloosahatchee Reservoir Water Quality Feasibility Study and provide input and ideas about additional water quality improvements for the Caloosahatchee Reservoir Project. TheCaloosahatchee Reservoir Water Quality Feasibility Study Working Group is seeking public input on additional water […]

Okeechobee County Fair opens March 17

OKEECHOBEE — Carnival rides, Eudora Farms petting zoo, Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean action adventure show, a Power Wheels demolition derby, helicopter rides, the Pork Chop Review, Extreme Illusions and Escapes, and Horses, Horses, Horses will be featured at the 2020 Okeechobee County Fair, March 17-22 at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center, 4601 SR 710. Fair […]

Corps to inspect St. Lucie Lock on March 10; Port Mayaca Locks closed; No lake water will flow to St. Lucie River while St. Lucie Lock gates are open for inspection

STUART — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will conduct a routine inspection of the St. Lucie Lock and Dam (S-80) March 10. As part of the Jacksonville District’s Routine Inspection Program for Operation & Maintenance purposes, the district schedules a series of inspections throughout the year of features such as pump stations, […]

Aquifer Storage and Recovery wells tested north of lake

WEST PALM BEACH — Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) wells planned as part of the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project (LOWRP) were on the agenda at the Feb. 27 Water Resources Accountability Collaboration (WRAC) meeting at the South Florida Water Management District Office. Jennifer Leeds, of the SFWMD Everglades Coordination Division, explained the ASR wells […]

SFWMD, FWC, Florida Forest Service and USACE planning prescribed burn on Lake Okeechobee

MOORE HAVEN — In an effort to manage vegetation and restore habitat in Lake Okeechobee, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Florida Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are planning two prescribed burns on the southwest shore of the lake this week. On March […]